Countdown to All About Jazz Presents at 2012 Kongsberg Jazz Festival Starts Now!


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Kongsberg Jazz Festival
With just ten more days until All About Jazz's first-ever curation, in collaboration with the Kongsberg Jazz Festival and Music Export Norway, we're going to rerun a series of CD reviews and interviews with artists who will be participating in the seven-show, two-day event, on July 5 and 6. AAJ will also publish a brand new interview with guitarist Stian Westerhus, and a review of his just-released duo recording with singer Sidsel Endresen, Didymoi Dreams (Rune Grammofon, 2012), on July 5, the day of their double-duo performance with guitarist Eivind Aarset and percussionist Thomas Strønen.

You can read full details on the lineup here, but the brief roster for All About Jazz Presents, hand-picked by AAJ Managing Editor John Kelman, is:

  • July 5, 14:00: Eple Trio with Karl Seglem
  • July 5, 17:00: Westerhus/Aarset/Endresen/Strønen
  • July 5, 23:59: Elephant9 with Reine Fiske
  • July 6, 14:00: Per Jørgensen and Friends
  • July 6, 17:00: Jon Balke/Magnetic Book
  • July 6, 19:00: Mats Eilertsen Skydive
  • July 6, 23:59: Arve Henriksen/Audun Kleive/Helge Norbakken

All shows take place at EnergiMølla with the exception of Magnetic Book, which will be held at Kongsberg Kirke.

Here's the schedule of reviews and interviews you can expect to see over the next 11 days:

  • June 25: Eple Trio, In the Clearing / In the Cavern (NORCD, 2011)
  • June 26: Karl Seglem (with Eple Trio), NORSKjazz.no (NORCD, 2009)
  • June 27: Stian Westerhus, Pitch Black Star Spangled (Rune Grammofon, 2010)
  • June 28: Sidsel Endresen, One (SOFA, 2007)
  • June 29: Eivind Aarset & The Sonic Codex Orchestra, Live Extracts (Jazzland, 2010)
  • June 30: Humcrush (Strønen/Storløkken) with Sidsel Endresen, Ha! (Rune Grammofon, 2011)
  • July 1: Elephant9, Walk the Nile (Rune Grammofon, 2010)
  • July 2: Jørgensen/Ounaskari/Mikkonen, Kuara: Psalms and Folk Songs (ECM, 2010)
  • July 2: Mats Eilertsen, SkyDive (Hubro, 2011)
  • July 3: Jon Balke/Magnetic North Orchestra, Diverted Travels (ECM, 2004)
  • July 3: Sidsel Endresen Interview, “The Place to Be" (2011)
  • July 4: Arve Henriksen, Cartography (ECM, 2008)
  • July 4: Thomas Strønen Interview, “The Tin Drum" (2011)
  • July 5: Eivind Aarset Interview, “Guitar Anti-Hero" (2010)
  • July 5: Stian Westerhus Interview, “The Existential Dimension of Music" (2012)
  • July 5: Sidsel Endresen/Stian Westerhus, Didymoi Dreams (Rune Grammofon, 2012)

Coverage of the event will be handled by Henning Bolte from The Netherlands and, coming to Kongsberg all the way from Israel, All About Jazz's Eyal Hareuveni.

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